Education

Jackie Hendry

Dakota Wesleyan University becomes the first campus in South Dakota to supply each student with an iPad starting this fall. The university announced its digital initiative and partnership with Apple on Tuesday. 

Students gather in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus and wait for what they’ve been told is an announcement about the future of their education. Most of them only know the name of the initiative: Digital DWU.

In The Moment ... February 13, 2018 Show 276 Hour 1

The Senate Education Committee met this morning in Pierre. South Dakota state Senator Jim Bolin is chair of the committee. He represents District 16, which includes Lincoln and Union County.

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The senate education committee effectively tables a bill prohibiting students who are in the country illegally from attending public universities. Senate Bill 103 is sent to the 41st day after more than an hour and a half of testimonies and discussion. 

Opponents of the bill argue the Board of Regents lacks power and resources to uphold federal immigration law. Legal counsel for the Board of Regents also states the system is not considered complicit in harboring criminals under federal statute.

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Students at Harrisburg South Middle School are learning to solve the world's problems through empathy. Carla Diede teaches the new class. She's a recent recipient of the Milken Educator Award, also known as the "Oscars of teaching." 

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In The Moment ... February 6, 2018 Show 271 Hour 2

South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton joins us from Pierre for a look at legislation he supports regarding campaign finance reform, open government, and education.

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In The Moment ... February 6, 2018 Show 271 Hour 2

It's National School Counseling Week. We talk with Rapid City Area Schools lead counselor Dana Livermont and Kristin Wheeler, a certified school counselor at Huron High School.

Chuck Gemar  was born in Yankton and graduated from Scotland high school in 1973. He was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned an engineering degree in 1979.

Gemar was attached to the 24th Combat Aviation unit as an Assistant Flight Operations Officer and Flight Platoon Leader.

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In The Moment ... January 30, 2018 Show 266 Hour 2

Schools in South Dakota hope to prepare students to seamlessly take their next step, to a higher grade or to enter the work force.

But South Dakota is one of a hand full of states that does not have a state funded and administered pre-school programs to prepare children for the first step into kindergarten.

Flight Club Takes Off At Roosevelt High School

Jan 16, 2018
Jackie Hendry

The halls of Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls are abuzz with new technology. Nathan Hofflander, adviser of the school's Flight Club and head of The Volaré Project, is using drones to keep students engaged in the classroom.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry visited with members of the club and stopped by their unique fundraising event. 

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The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council submitted a resolution to state lawmakers on Thursday opposing the nomination of Don Kirkegaard to Secretary of Education. Council members are concerned about his connections to the GEAR Up Controversy.

The concerns were brought to the State-Tribal Relations Committee during its second unofficial meeting in 24 hours.

Republicans in the South Dakota Legislature will consider several issues as part of their 2018 agenda. They hold a super majority in both the State House and Senate. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm of Platte says balancing the budget is at the top of the list. State Democrats want to advance legislation on campaign finance reform and economic development on Native American reservations in this year's session. 

In The Moment ... January 9, 2018 Show 252 Hour 1

January is national mentoring month in the United States. It got its start in 2002, spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

We're joined by Darla Biel and Cassie Juba of the Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program.

Harrisburg Math Teacher Wins "Oscars of Teaching"

Jan 8, 2018
Jackie Hendry

In The Moment ... January 8, 2017 Show 251 Hour 2

The Milken Educator Award has been called "The Oscars of Teaching." Last week, a middle school math teacher in Harrisburg was surprised to learn she was one of 44 winners in the entire country.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry attended the secretive school-wide assembly. She shares sounds and reactions from the surprise announcement. 

In The Moment ... January 4, 2018 Show 249 Hour 2

Nobody likes to fail, but that's exactly what's happening for South Dakota high schools when it comes to personal finance education.

John Pelletier is director of the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy. South Dakota high schools have received an F on the "2017 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools."

We talk financial literacy, public policy, and how financial education can impact an economy.

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The Milken Educator Award has been called "The Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher Magazine. Carla Diede of Harrisburg South Middle School was surprised with the honor Thursday morning during a school-wide assembly.

Students and teachers didn't know the real reason behind the assembly at first. They were told it was because a special guest was visiting. Newly appointed Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard was there, along with Harrisburg Superintendent Jim Holbeck and a host of school board members.

In The Moment ... January 2, 2018 Show 247 Hour 1

What are the possible effects for learning via screen time for toddlers? Gabrielle Strouse, PhD. will publish research findings on this topic in next month's issue of the "Journal of Experimental Child Psychology."

Gabrielle Strouse is an assistant professor in the division of counseling and psychology at the University of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... December 19, 2017 Show 243 Hour 1

South Dakota is one of nine state with no government-funded preschool. Private preschool education can be pricey. The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition thinks we can begin to address the problem with resources that exist right now.

We're joined by Randell Beck, president of the board for the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition.

In The Moment ... December 14, 2017 Show 240 Hour 2 

Each year, economics professor Travis Letellier ends the semester with a lecture (he calls it "The Speech") guiding his students toward the future. SDPB's Jackie Hendry highlights this life-changing lecture for Letellier and his USD students. 

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

How does tax reform stand to impact graduate students in South Dakota? Dr. Ranjit Koodali is Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Dakota.

He recently returned from the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

The Lakota Nations Education Conference invites educators, parents, administrators and friends of education to the table for a four-day conference in Rapid City. Terrie Jo Gibbons has served 26 years as conference coordinator. She joins us for a preview.

Robots In The Classroom

Dec 8, 2017

Jason Whiting teaches information and communication technology and career and technical education at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls.

He received a grant from the Sioux Falls Education Foundation to purchase a humanoid robot. He joins Innovation host Cara Hetland for a conversation about rethinking classroom interactions.

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In The Moment ... November 20, 2017 Show 224 Hour 1

One year after an agreement between Kilian Community College and the University of Sioux Falls, USF's Bridges program continues to welcome people wanting to improve their proficiency in English. This month the University also cut the ribbon for the renamed Thomas Kilian Academic Success Center. We’re joined by Brett Bradfield, president of the University of Sioux Falls.

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In The Moment ... November 15, 2017 Show 221 Hour 2

The Black Hills Playhouse's Dakota Players have toured South Dakota schools since 1999, giving kids in rural communities a chance to play a part in a live theater production. SDPB's Jackie Hendry spoke with the Director of Education for the Black Hills Playhouse, Deb Workman, to learn more about how the playhouse is impacting students across the state. Then, Lori Walsh talks with Black Hills Playhouse Executive Director Linda Anderson about the upcoming season.

In The Moment ... November 9, 2017 Show 217 Hour 1 

Stephen Jackson, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Sioux Falls joins us for a conversation about America's most sung-about founding father and what his legacy means for liberal arts education in America.

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In The Moment ... October 16, 2017 Show 199 Hour 2

Jill Watson is Professor of English as an additional language and world language education at St. Olaf College. She comes to South Dakota for workshops through the South Dakota Department of Education. The state education department hosts workshops for teachers this week in Watertown and Aberdeen. Dr. Watson joins us to discuss bridging the gap between cultures, the potential role of elders in the classroom, and how to dismantle “cognitive imperialism.”

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 10,2017 Show 195 Hour 1

How should the University of South Dakota Law School address falling enrollment? Does moving the law school to Sioux Falls make sense in the shifting demographic landscape of the state? Are there other ways to boost enrollment and expand offerings to would-be South Dakota lawyers? SDPB's Jackie Hendry is following this ongoing story.

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In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 hour 1

In 2015, South Dakota was the only state in the country that didn't have some kind of Chinese language opportunity in the public school system. That same year, Northern State University in Aberdeen established their Confucius Institute--a Chinese cultural and language education partnership with the University of Jinan in China. This fall, that partnership extended to Aberdeen's Central High School.

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In The Moment ... September 28, 2017 Show 187 Hour 1

September is national suicide awareness and prevention month. The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In July, new state legislation took effect to help ensure that teachers can play a role in helping South Dakota's young people who are struggling with mental health. SDPB's Jackie Hendry shares the details of the new policy.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 21, 2017 Show 160 Hour 2

A new Honors program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology invites highly motivated students to seek a deeper education, one that's tied closely to the challenges of the real world. We're joined by Dr. Scott Kenner and Dr. Demitris Kouris from SDSMT.

Shon Anderson is with B9Creations, an international 3D printer company based in Rapid City. He joins us to talk about building an international business from the Black Hills of South Dakota and building a culture of innovation and imagination.

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In The Moment ... August 2, 2017 Show 147 Hour 1

As international experts predict North Korea could develop a workable missile with a reliable warhead by early next year, Americans consider, once again, what it means to live in the shadow of nuclear weapons. We welcome author and Washington Post reporter Dan Zak. His book is called "Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age." It's now in paperback.

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